I’m sorry about my mini-breakdown yesterday. I was stressed and frustrated. Today is better. Things are very promising that I’ll get my package for approximately 92,000 shillings. Transport back to the orphanage will be an adventure. I figure I’ll just shimmy shimmy what and have the conductors or other matatoo passengers assist me with getting my package from one matatoo to the next.
I’ll attempt to post again later, but for now I want to make the most of this speedy internet connection and share some pictures. Lots of pictures, including an entire sequence.
Bernah has just completed her S4 (equivalent to a sophmore in high school) exams and is really excited about being an “A” level student next year as opposed to an “O” level student. She’s really fantastic.
Have I ever actually shown you the inside of the pit latrines? In the time I’ve been here, some of the volunteers have sponsored getting the latrines tiled. A nice thought, but the flies stand out way more now. I love peeing to an audience. Kidding.
Begin grasshopper sequence now.
One day, I came home and the kids were all gathered around a metal dish with green things. Halima explained they were grasshoppers and it’s a real treat in Uganda. Paul demonstrates the first step to eating one. Open mouth. Insert grasshopper.
And immediately after swallowing the grasshopper, I guzzled about a quarter of my daily intake of 3 liters of water while the kids cheered and wanted more.
End grasshopper sequence now.
Mercy at her finest. I think she belongs in a cartoon. She is so charismatic, from her laugh to her mannerisms and her little, high, squeaky voice. As ornry as she often is and even amidst all the trouble she creates, she’s really darling and I adore her.
In addition to adoring Mercy, I pretty much adore all of these children. Here’s Frida and Nisha. Frida is a teradactyl. Not kidding. She has a raspy yell that she lets out when she doesn’t like what is going on. For instance, I’ll throw her in the air and catch her or flip her upside down (two things kids often seem to enjoy), Frida yells and frowns at me. Nisha has got the most personality I’ve ever witnessed in a girl of two, she and Ella rival each other. Nisha is brillant and bubbly. It’s hard to remember her little body is one of three here battling HIV. You’d never know though, she’s my chunky monkey.
I love you and I miss you…but I’m getting a package today. WAHOOOO!